Weaver given his sentence

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A former Amish community member previously convicted of rape of a minor, is going to prison again for sex crimes involving two Amish girls. Jacob Weaver, 65, of Jerusalem appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra on Monday and was sentenced on two counts ...

Board members bring back new ideas

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WOODSFIELD — The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Aadministrators and Board of Education members updated the community on happenings in the district on Tuesday, and board members highlighted what they learned at the Ohio State School Board Association’s annual Capital Conference ...

Residence Inn honored

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Residence Inn on Tuesday was presented with an award for hiring employees with disabilities, bringing attention to an issue that flies under the radar. The hotel was presented with the Creating Opportunity Award by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities at a ...

Third Ferry break-in defendant sentenced


ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The last of three men who participated in a home invasion attempt in Martins Ferry that ended in gunfire will spend the next seven years behind bars for burglary, a felony of the second degree occurring March 28, 2016. Derion Becker, 23, of 57262 Glenns Run Road, Martins ...

JAMES D. McMasters makes an Alford plea to involuntary manslaughter on Monday.

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McMasters enters plea

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The second of four co-defendants in an alleged home invasion resulting in the fatal shooting of one reported participant and the wounding of another entered a guilty plea Monday. James McMasters, 46, of Bellaire appeared before Common Pleas Judge John Vavra on Monday ...

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ADENA LIONS Club Christmas Cantata choir members, back row, from left, Matt Rector, Drew Case, John Rutan, and front row, Camryn Case and Angelica Kidd.

Lions to hold annual cantata


ADENA — The Adena Lions Club will be presenting its annual Christmas cantata with two performances on Sunday. There will be a 2 p.m. presentation at St. Casimir’s Catholic Church in Adena and a 7 p.m. presentation at the Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The program this year is ...

A sleigh and plastic reindeer decorate a lot in Cadiz. The sleigh, along with the large Christmas tree, provide a perfect holiday picture opportunity for villagers.

Cadiz prepped for Christmas season

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CADIZ — With the Christmas season already here, a local community is preparing for the holiday with an annual parade to start things off. The Cadiz Christmas parade will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the village. The traditional celebration will include a change in its route this year, ...

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STUDENTS PRACTICE fencing moves. From left are Sam Harris, Natasha Muhametzyanova, Usama Azhar, Abdul Subhan, Anna Mukhlaeva and Tiana Knowlton.

Cardboard Wars ready to assist


WEST LIBERTY — The West Liberty University History Club will be sponsoring its first Cardboard Wars from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the gym located in Blatnik Hall. All students are invited to participate, and can enter individually or in groups of three. “Part of the intent behind the ...

Hilarious Christmas classic coming to WLU


WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players return to the stage with one of the biggest productions in the history of the WLU theater program, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The famous Christmas classic will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Kelly Theatre with additional ...

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Councilman’s home burglarized

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BELLAIRE — A man was lodged at the Belmont County Jail on Monday, accused of entering a Bellaire village official’s home illegally. Michael M. Kilgore, 45, with an address listed at the jail as 425 34th St., Bellaire, was arrested following an incident at Councilman Dan Brown’s ...

Bridge demo to begin


ADENA — Demolition work is expected to begin Wednesday on the Jefferson County Road 10 (Smithfield-Adena Road) bridge in Adena, eliminating all remaining pedestrian access across the structure. It was closed to traffic on Nov. 1 after a recent bridge inspection. ODOT is expediting the ...

Cadiz Mayor Ken Zitko, left, talks with Congressman Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, on Monday. The two officials have been working to help secure a temporary post office for the village, which has been without a physical office since early September.

Postal trouble nearly at an end

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The village of Cadiz is preparing for a new temporary post office, an establishment that is eagerly awaited by community officials and residents alike. The postal woes began for Cadiz over the summer, as the front wall of the former post office building was found to be separating from the ...

Commander Thomas Cottello, left, and Commander’s Judge
Advocate Kevin West of Bellaire VFW Post 626 display items to be included in care packages to be delivered overseas to troops in harm’s way. The VFW has sent packages every two months since September, with the last shipment set for January.

VFW spearheads care packages


BELLAIRE — American troops serving overseas in harm’s way are enjoying some added comforts from home during the holiday season, as well as the knowledge that they are not forgotten. “We’re really doing good,” VFW 626 Commander Thomas Cottello said, adding that the VFW receives ...

MOTORISTS TRAVEL through the cleared area where a stormwater pipe installation project was recently completed in West Bellaire.

Big pipe project done in Bellaire


BELLAIRE — A $400,000 project to install a new 60-inch diameter stormwater pipe in West Bellaire is complete. During a recent Bellaire Village Council meeting, Administrator Scott Porter said the contractor on the job, ICR of Bellaire, has wrapped up the major portion of the project, which ...

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ANGELA FEENERTY of Martins Ferry puts the finishing touches on a vintage inspired tree.

Mount Pleasant houses ready for Christmas tours

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MOUNT PLEASANT — The Historical Society of Mount Pleasant and the Friends Evangelical Church are partnering again this year to present a tour of two of the town’s most memorable houses — The John Gill House (Elizabeth House) at 438 Union St. and the Samuel Gill House, 486 Union St. — on ...

Ellie Hartle, 2, snuggles up among the colorful holiday-themed pillows on sale at the Timeless Charm shop on Main Street in St. Clairsville during a shopping trip with her mother on Small Business Saturday. Ellie is the daughter of Melissa Ceo and Gavin Hartle of Wheeling.

Residents flock to specialty shops on Small Business Saturday

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Select shops and stores throughout Belmont County offered special deals and, in some cases, extended hours in an effort to attract customers on Small Business Saturday. The nationwide campaign was started 10 years ago by American Express to support independent retailers ...

Emergency winter crisis program continues

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STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Community Action Council will continue to assist with Emergency HEAP for residents in Jefferson County. Interested residents should call a new toll-free number, 844-493-1195, to schedule an appointment. The system will guide clients through the scheduling ...

Revitalizing communities discussion slated


WHEELING — At 7 p.m. Thursday, the WALS Foundation will host a “Jobs First Agenda” community discussion on Community Revitalization at the First State Capitol at 1413 Eoff Street in Wheeling. This program will explore how a Jobs First Agenda could help us rebuild and revitalize ...

People of all ages take a spin around an artificial ice rink that served as a centerpiece of Martins Ferry’s inaugural Winterfest on Saturday. In the background, a large, inflatable slide attracts plenty of adventurous youngsters as well.

Winterfest brings holiday season to Ferry

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MARTINS FERRY — Community support, generous sponsors and vendor participation made the Purple City’s first-ever Winterfest a big success, according to the Rev. William Webster, one of the event’s organizers. Of course, Santa Claus played a pretty big role, too. The activities Friday ...